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Richard Waller Bates, American naval officer. Decorated Navy Cross, Legion Merit with 2 gold stars, Navy Unit citation, Victory Medal World War I (with star), Mexican Campaign, Yangtze Service, American Defense, American Area Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign (with 10 bronze stars), Philippine Liberation, National Defense medals, Victory Medal World World War World War II.


Bates, Richard Waller was born on January 16, 1892 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Henry Lesley Alexander and Rebecca Helen (Rixon) Bates.


Graduated from Nava War College, 1940-1941.


Ensign United States Navy, 1915, advanced through grades to rear adm. Officer United States Ship Cincinnati, 1918-1919. Officer United States Ship Buchanan, 1932-1933, United States Ship Ramapo, 1933, United States Ship Long, 1934-1935, United States Ship Clark, 1938-1940, United States Ship Minneapolis, Pacific, 1943-1944.

Chief staff Bombardment and Fire Support Group, 3d Fleet, Palau, 1944, and 7th Fleet, 1944-1945, participating in battles Leyte Gulf and Surigao Strait. Chief staff Battleship Squadron 1, Lingayen and Okinawa, 1945. Chief staff Philippine Sea Frontier, 1945-1946.


  • Other Work

    • Author numerous analysis of major naval battles of World World War World War II Contributor to Colliers Encyclopedia.


Member of staff Naval War College, 1941-1942, chief of strategy, 1942-1943, head department analysis, 1946-1949, later lecturer. Clubs: New York Yacht (New York City).


Henry Lesley Alexander Bates

Rebecca Helen (Rixon) Bates